TFs in the garage?

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  1. Autobot X

    Autobot X Too broke for 3P and MP.

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    We'll be cleaning out the garage soon and offloading a bunch of garbage in a yard sale. I've already begun some minor modifications to turn the garage into a mancave (old sofas, mounting a ceiling fan, moving our TV/entertainment center in when we get a wall-mounted flat-screen in the living room).

    My question is, with me living in Florida, the garage gets pretty hot. Can the heat in a mid-Florida garage climb to TF-damaging levels? It's not something I really want to test.

    I'd like to display them all out there, because I can lock it off from my kids when I'm not home, but I don't want to ruin any of them (let alone the TV :wink: ).

    Thoughts?
     
  2. Optimus Scourge

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    Since you are gonna hang in there a lot, couldn't you install a "thru the wall" A/C unit?
     
  3. Autobot X

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    I've thought about it, but I'm not sure I want to tackle that kind of project...as it would entail me having to cut a hole through the side of my house. That's just a little scary.
     
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    The humidity can affect the boxes, not sure about heat itself.
     
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    heat + stickers = bad

    I've had carded figures get warped before in heat liek star wars figures and such, just depends if you are worried about MIP stuff.
     
  6. Autobot X

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    Nah, I don't do MIB (toys are meant to be played with, dammit!!:D ), but the comment about the stickers is making me think twice.
     
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    Won't the heat get to be somewhat uncomfortable for people to be in the garage? I live in FL myself, and my garage gets a little toasty, especially during the summer months (which is about 10 months in FL). Without any AC, I don't see how you or anyone else will be able to tolerate the heat and humidity.
     
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    if ya don't wanna cut a hole in the wall yourself hire someone to do it, make sure you invest in an energy star A/C though since it'll save ya some cash on electricity.

    I'm also in FL, it gets hot down here, a simple ceiling fan ain't gonna keep ya cool. I suggest you DO go for a wall mounted A/C unit and maybe an exhaust fan or 2 as garages aren't ventilated usually.
     
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    My area can be really hot in Summer (95F+, not humid, thank Buddha) and I can't imagine spending long time in the garage, though the idea of mancave is really appealing and I'm envious :) 

    How about those softer bits some TFs have? Like U Skywarp's crests. I wonder if they are weaker to the heat.
     
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    Personally, I wouldn't put it in the garage if the temps get that high.

    Stickers will fall off... I'd be worried about the clear and white plastics turning off-colored.
     
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    exactly.

    Honestly: for me: NO AC=no toys.
     
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    Pick up a portable ac unit
     
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    if you're gonna make this into a man cave you need to do it right.

    First off, is it a 1 car garage or a 2 car garage? How tall is it?

    Here's what you need to make it a true man cave:

    Pool Table, nothings funner than a good game of pool.

    Fridge or min fridge, preferably with a freezer unit.

    Gas grill, nothing says I'm a man like a stack of ribs with a side of steak.

    Sofa, your guests have asses for a reason, let them use them.

    Recliner, your throne, your command chair whatever you wanna call it make sure it's nice and comfy.

    Remote control, this is your scepter.

    TV, you're window to the things that amuse you.

    Shelves, for your many, many, manly TFs.

    A/C, keep your cave chilled and your nipples rock hard.

    Cordless phone, sure you may not wanna be disturbed during the big game but it's great for getting pizza with.
     
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    I would minimally at least do this.

    Insulation and dry walls.

    A/C Unit (cut that wall)

    Ceiling Fan

    Regular Size Fridge with purified water and ice maker attached.

    Recliner

    Flatscreen TV to maximize the space

    Pool Table
     
  15. Autobot X

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    2 Car garage, 10-ft ceiling

    Pool table and fridge? Are you going to pay for it? :tongue:  Seriously...pool is just not my thing. I'm no good at it outside of Wii Play, and it just seems like an expensive waste of space.

    The grill is around back.

    Got our old sofa (with fold-out bed! never slept on!) and love seat out there now.

    Who said anything about guests? I don't like people when I have to actually share space with them. That's why I put the sofas in the garage...to be able to escape the wife and kids on occasion.

    As soon as we get the flatscreen for the living room, the TV and remote is a check.

    TF shelves...yes, please.

    A/C...I wish.

    Phone? NO THANKS. I hate the telephone. It rings. And then people want to talk to me.:banghead: 

    Seriously, I'd be happy with the following:

    Sofas: check
    TV/DVD player: soon
    Stereo: not necessary...CD's will work fine in DVD player.
    A nice reading lamp: Got some extras if I can keep them out of the yard sale.
    Bookshelf: check
    Laptop: check, although it belongs to the school (I'm a teacher)
    A/C: again, I wish.
    Lots of shelves: again, yes please
    Some tables for playing with TFs: that'd be nice, or at least...
    lots of smooth, clean concrete: check

    I really have very minimalist desires for this little space of mine. My biggest obstacle is the heat. With the ceiling fan and the garage door open, it wouldn't be too bad, but if I've got 500+ Transformers on shelves out there, the bastard neighborhood kids'll be all up in my bidness...wanting to touch stuff.:eek: 
     
  16. Optimus Scourge

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    You are really gonna put your collection in a hot humid garage (the fan will not help the humidity) with no A/C?

    Seriously, I understand the need for the space, but if your collection is exposed to those conditions, I don't think the results will please you.

    Maybe a few for display, but keep G1, or any die cast out of there, trust me. Rust will eventually form - may take years but it will happen at high humidity.

    I have been to Florida many times, and I don't ever remember it being not humid. Not knocking Florida, I go there on vacation all the time, but those toys won't like it in the long run.

    Maybe you can start a jar to save for a/c? $20 a week, or even $10, something.

    Than you can really go nuts :D 
     
  17. Optimus Scourge

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    that alone should be enough right there. God forbid someone broke in your garage, dude, just tryin' to help
     
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    If you have a side door it's easy as hell to cut a hole and mount a window AC unit. It's what I did when I turned my garage into my mancave. I also installed a gas heater for the winter. Kicks ass out here now. Also, if you have a garage door opener, unplug it so accidents don't open your door exposing your goodness to the world.
     
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    I agree that the heat will harm your stickers, that's why a heat gun helps to remove things that are bonded with adhesive. Also, don't forget that prolonged exposure to heat will cause plastics to dry out and become brittle. I've lived in Orlando my whole life and I know what kind of heat you're dealing with. Haven't you ever seen a car around here with cracks in the dashboard from the heat? If you can't insulate and cool your garage I wouldn't store your toys out there.
     
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    ^ yes
     

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